Supporting individuals, communities, and organizations since 1976.
Healthy food, healthy children, healthy animals, healthy earth.
Here are some of the organizations we support:
World Central Kitchen
WCK has been feeding refugees at the US-Mexico border since 2018. Currently, they are in India too, feeding victims of the surge in coronavirus infections in that country. In the US, they paid restaurant owners to reopen and rehire staff to serve meals to people in need during the pandemic. Always the first to organize food rescue, Jose Andres and his team fed infected cruise ships in Japan and California. WCK helped feed survivors of Hurricane Dorian. The team also served more than 2 million meals at 70 locations in hurricane devastated Puerto Rico. After Hurricane Harvey, WCK served meals to the people of Houston. In 2018, they helped serve Thanksgiving dinner to survivors of Camp Fire in California. In December of that year, WCK opened a restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue to feed federal workers during the government shutdown. Ron Howard is directing a documentary about WCK. Watch for it. NOTE: In July 2021, WCK founder Chef Andres was awarded $100 million by Jeff Bezos. WCK will use the donation to seek systemic solutions for food insecurity in the US and hunger around the globe.
A unique food market concept, Daily Table sells donated and deeply discounted products in three store locations in the greater Boston area. In order to address the issues of both food waste and hunger, they recover healthy items from supermarkets, growers, and distributors that would otherwise be wasted, then sell all items at low prices--as both fresh foods and meals to go. Cooking classes are free. Expansion to additional locations is in the works.
By tracking how much food is wasted and the causes, ReFED serves as a definitive data source for moving the food sytem in a new, less wasteful direction.
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers
CIW is a Florida-based human rights organization fighting for social justice for farmworkers. Programs include worker education to prevent workplace violence and human trafficking, consumer education about human rights violations on farms, and partnerships between food growers and retail buyers that ensure better wages and farm labor standards. Over the years, this worker-based activist organization has achieved partnerships with mega-food corporations including Walmart, Subway, McDonald's, Burger King, Sodexo, Whole Foods, and Chipotle. Their COVID-19 Fund aims to provide the Immokalee farmworkers with testing, PPE, a field hosptial, and economic relief. Winner of the MacArthur "genius" grant.
Kitchens for Good
Kitchens for Good has pivoted during the coronavirus pandemic, training their culinary apprentices online for positions in hospitals and take-out restaurant kitchens. In their new 7000-square-foot workspace, distancing is possible for volunteers turning unwanted organic foods into tasty, nutritious meals for those in need. Project Nourish and Project Reclaim help to feed San Diego residents struggling during the crisis with thousands of free meals a week.
A community food hub in Montreal which allows young volunteers on bicycles to deliver daily meals to elderly residents in need. Affiliated programs include organic farms and a rooftop garden. Workshops teach DIY bike repair to volunteers, as well as community classes on cooking, preserving, and growing food.
Fantastic community program that provides critically and chronically ill Massachusetts residents with nutrient-rich and diet-appropriate meals. Studies show this kind of meal service can significantly reduce healthcare costs. Makes sense!
Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture
A sustainable farm that serves the community, Arcadia offers a number of programs to help educate area residents on growing (and eating) good food. They provide a mobile market to bring healthy produce into the community, and offer on-site programs such as veteran training for jobs in sustainable agriculture, farm to school food, and farm camps for kids.
This inspirational organization in Washington state empowers immigrants and refugees with hands-on training for work in the food industry. Programs celebrate diverse cuisines while preserving the participants' cultural heritage. Check out the ever-changing menu at their restaurant, the Ubuntu Street Cafe. Looks delicious!
Healing Meals Community Project
This innovative program serves the greater Hartford area by providing free, home-delivered, 100% organic meals to ill people and their families. Meals are prepared by volunteers age 14-24, who learn cooking skills and important facts about healthy diets.
Based in San Francisco, this program helps unhoused, unemployed people develop skills with hands-on training in gardening and culinary work so that participants can find jobs growing and serving food. An important program for this location where homelessness has become a serious problem.
A national program to make fruits and vegetables more affordable by doubling the value of Food Stamps (SNAP). They also offer a program that helps physicians and healthcare providers "prescribe" fruits and vegetables to patients.
Socially Responsible Agriculture Project
A program created to inform the general public about the serious negative effects of Commercial Animal Farming Operations (CAFOs) and the need to replace factory farms with more humane, environmentally sound means of livestock production. SRAP supports those people living in communities affected by the sounds, smells, and unhealthy pollution from the massive industrial factories that produce commercial poultry, pork, beef, and eggs.
Food for Soul
This international program uses good food that would be wasted to create delicious, healthy, multi-course meals served in abandoned spaces refurbished as social hubs for guests in need. Located in Milan, Rio, London, and Paris. Why not the U.S.?
Rainforest Action Network
This international organization works to preserve our rainforests, their ecology and peoples, including efforts to protect biodiversity and stop child labor in the production of palm oil, the most widely used vegetable oil in processed foods.
An important nonprofit organization for the blue economy, GreenWave helps ocean farmers create high yields of shellfish and seaweed, crops that rebuild our marine ecosystems and require zero inputs...no fresh water or fertilizers! The program provides training and open market opportunities.
Slow Food Ark of Taste
A project of Slow Food International, the Ark of Taste travels the globe to collect samples of food products that face extinction. Some 3500 items from more than 150 countries, all foodstuffs with strong cultural and regional import, are included on the Ark. Check out their catalogue!
Wa-Shokuiku combines healthy Japanese food with food education in creative programs that introduce schoolchildren to good eating and Japanese culture. Kids prepare and eat delicious meals while learning about nutrition, customs, respect, hygiene, food waste, food insecurity, and the benefits of eating until 80% full.
Center for Healthcare Narratives
Center for Healthcare Narratives is a unique organization that uses media and the arts to help improve communication between healthcare providers and patients. Check out Please See Me, their top-notch online literary magazine full of excellent essays, stories, poetry, photographs and short films on wellness and healthcare justice. The COVID-19 issue is especially memorable.
A magazine that inspires kids to cook healthy food, this family publication is colorful and upbeat, encouraging children and families to eat well. The founder of the program is a cookbook author, and it shows. The program reaches millions of families annually via pediatricians who give the magazine to their patients, teachers who utilize the ChopChop curriculum, and programs like WIC and SNAP-ED.
An innovative educational program, Grow Orlando teaches disadvantaged students how to grow, cook, and eat fresh food. At risk young adults can develop their financial literacy and people skills while urban farming, filling food prescriptions for their communities, and practicing leadership.
Table to Table
Saving farm waste and bringing it to the spiking number of people who are hungry is the mission of this New Jersey based nonprofit. Since 1999, they have provided healthy fresh food to local food banks, schools, nursing homes, and organizations serving people in need. Table to Table thinks American taxes should pay farmers to grow food for those in need. FNR agrees!
After the Harvest
With the help of a volunteer force, this nonprofit organization collects fresh produce headed for the waste pile and transfers it to the tables of the food insecure. A combination of gleaning after local harvesting, collecting donations from farmers and markets, and rescuing imperfect produce all work together to create a genuine second harvest of healthy foods that is helping to prevent hunger and improve nutrition in Kansas City.
This innovative organization was launched by a mom who wanted to share her own kid's love of healthy foods with other schoolchildren and their families. Now the program delivers thousands of pounds of fresh produce along with nutrition education to the people who need it the most. Currently operating in several large cities in Texas, BB has plans to take their successful program nationwide.
By conducting research on the carbon emissions and resource usage associated with restaurant menus, these innovators are educating restaurant owners, employees, and diners on food and energy waste. Participating restaurants can become certified as ZeroFoodprint facilities.
Carbon Cycle Institute
These scientists are working on climate change reversal with carbon farming and regenerative land management. Such practices serve to build soil carbon on farms and ranches, removing it from the atmosphere.
Gallatin Valley Farm to School
A community project that connects area farms and food producers to the local schools. Working together with the district food service, parent councils, Montana State University, and FoodCorps, the program builds and utilizes school gardens as educational resources. The Bozeman Ozone Bus travels to farmers markets and schools to provide kids with a mobile classroom for environmental and nutrition education.
This repurposed school bus serves as a mobile grocery store and health education classroom. The colorful bus brings healthy foods to Boston residents in need of easy access to produce, and delivers bags of fruits and vegetables to schools and health centers. Pop-up cooking demos and healthy food workshops are additional programs provided for area residents.
A public art project that is also a floating produce farm, Swale began with a barge planted with 1/10th acre of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and nuts. When the barge docked at six ports along the Hudson River, visitors were able to harvest and eat fresh food—for free. Swale is now a public land project intended to help people think about preservation and regeneration, encouraging creative ways to approach the needed changes in our food system.
A network of good food projects, this New York City organization helps community leaders improve access to local foods, especially in underserved neighborhoods. Just Food launches farmers' markets, educates on farming and cooking healthy foods, and arranges conferences for farmers, local food producers, CSA members, and community organizers.
Fair Food Network
A network of good food projects in Michigan, this nonprofit doubles SNAP money to help low-income shoppers bring home twice as much fresh produce. Programs also support local farmers and good food entrepreneurs.
This advocacy organization was founded in 1975 by Francis Moore Lappé, author of the classic Diet for a Small Planet. Food First is committed to changing food injustice around the world, and has published more than 60 books as well as research reports on hunger and food sovereignty. Their Food Sovereignty Tours bring scholars and activists to various locations to observe firsthand the global food movement. For example, farmers and others can visit the only country in the world to attempt a nationwide conversion to organic agriculture: Cuba.
Bull Sugar Alliance
This advocacy organization is working to stop the pollution of Florida's rivers and estuaries south of Lake Okeechobee and renew the flow of clean freshwater through the Everglades to Florida Bay and the Keys. Their programs educate on the negative effects of sugar subsidies and the direct relationship between Florida's sugar producers and the ongoing environmental crisis in south Florida.
The Dr. Yum Project
Nimali Fernando, MD, MPH, is a pediatrician who teaches her patients and their families about healthy eating. (Sound like your average doctor visit? Nope.This is actually highly unusual.) Her prescriptions often include recipes. (Again, unique.) Her nonprofit brings cooking clubs and a teaching garden to area preschools.
Stone Pier Press
A nonprofit publishing house for books and newsletters on sustainable agriculture and healthy eating. Practical information for children, young adults, and other people who care about environmentally friendly gardens, soil regenerative farming, the humane treatment of farm animals, and a green future for our planet.
Pesticide Action Network
Committed to a truly green revolution, Pesticide Action Network is an international citizens' action organization working toward a just food system. PAN challenges the current global proliferation of pesticides, and defends our human right to healthy food and a safe environment. They are working to change the chemical-intensive, mono-crop agriculture system that overuses water, creates pests resistant to pesticides, increases health costs and environmental damage, and reduces biodiversity. PAN is active in the fight against genetically modified seeds.
Legal Food Hub
This New England organization provides pro bono legal aid to farmers and food entrepreneurs in an effort to improve the local food system. Volunteer attorneys help with contracts, land leases and purchases, patents and trademarks, and other business matters.
Food & Water Watch
A public interest organization, Food & Water Watch works toward the availability of healthy food and clean water for all peoples by challenging corporations and policies that do not support human rights and a sustainable future. Projects include fracking bans, water rights, mandatory food labeling for country of origin and GMOs, and issues caused by the bottled water industry.
Vermont Law School, Center for Agriculture and Food Systems
The first law clinic in the US to practice and teach food systems advocacy with social entrepreneurism, VLS's CAFS offers graduate degrees to lawyers specializing in food and agriculture law and policy. Students take classes and work in the law clinic to develop legal resources that provide solutions for good food farmers, producers, and entrepreneurs, as well as healthcare professionals, legislators, and consumers.
Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic
The Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School offers law students hands-on experience with on food law and policy issues. Students work with individuals, communities, and governments to develop solutions and push for policy change. This year the program released a short film on food waste, "Expired."
Food 4 Farmers
This nonprofit organization works to achieve food security for coffee-growing communities in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua. By providing guidance and education to increase the production and consumption of local foods, they are helping to strengthen local food systems and solve seasonal hunger issues for the families, cooperatives, and communities that provide us with one of our favorite beverages.
Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture
Programs are designed to revive community food systems and protect the earth. MESA supports world food leaders and farmers, helping to educate on the importance of agroecology and training to strengthen local food systems. A J-1 Training and Cultural Exchange Program as designated by the Department of State, MESA sponsors trainees/"stewards"/small-scale farmers and grassroots activists to come to the US on a visa for the purpose of cross-cultural exchange on sustainable agriculture.
The Food Project
Founded in 1991, this program involves Boston area young people and volunteers in projects supporting sustainable agriculture. Every year, more than a hundred teens work 70 acres of farmland in Boston and the surrounding suburbs. Fresh produce is donated to organizations for the needy, programs which have had to significantly expand due to the pandemic.
This innovative nonprofit uses paid internship programs to engage young adults in conservation and sustainable farming. Teens work with organic farmers, and they install yard gardens in neighborhoods. They also learn to glean food waste and promote food justice.
Health in the Hood
Volunteers build and maintain community gardens in areas of Miami without access to fresh foods. So far, 9 of these urban farms are providing free produce to the food insecure via a mobile pantry...which was created in a former ariport shuttle bus!
Boston Food Forest Coalition
First established as an urban land trust, this hardworking group creates food gardens in underserved neighborhoods in and around Boston. They also host events and cultural activities in the food forests to bring neighborhoods together and immerse residents in nature.
Teen Ag Crew, Maine Coast Heritage Trust
After generations as a family farm, Erickson Fields is now a preserved property used as a community resource in Rockport, Maine. The Teen Ag Crew consists of area youth ages 14-18 hired each summer to work the farmland. Students learn about sustainable agriculture, organic gardening, vermiculture and soil microorganisms, as well as the business of marketing, packaging, delivering and selling produce. The produce they grow goes to area food pantries and schools.
Kids Can Grow, Erickson Fields Preserve
Using the square foot gardening method, Maine families grow their own healthy produce from May to September every year. The program is offered to families with children ages 7-12, and encourages everyone to plant, grow, harvest, and eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
Center for Ecoliteracy
An organization founded in California, the Center provides ecology education to students and teachers, school administrators and food service professionals in order to increase understanding about sustainable agriculture and healthy eating. Through textbooks and cookbooks, conferences and initiatives, The Center reaches out locally, regionally, statewide, and nationally. Their California Food for California Kids Initiative, for example, serves as a model for other states.
Wellness in the Schools
A national program designed to combat childhood obesity. WITS guides public schools in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and California with classes in nutrition, fitness, healthy cooking, and gardening. Coaching for reinventing recess is also provided.
The Food Trust
Since 1992, this Philadelphia based organization has been working to improve local food environments and providing nutrition education in the schools. They assist urban groceries to stock up on healthy food choices, and bring farmers' markets to areas in need of fresh food options.
Established in 2009, FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who serve alongside educators and community leaders, partnering with schools to provide children with nutrition education, gardening and cooking skills, and local fresh foods in school lunches.
Teens for Food Justice
A training program for New York students in urban farming. Kids help build and maintain hydroponic farms that grow produce for school cafeterias and high-need neighborhoods.
Catskill Animal Sanctuary
This 110-acre farm is both a beautiful place for injured and neglected farm animals to heal and an educational center for humans. Ongoing projects include children's camps, vegan cooking classes, shindigs, tours, and an historic inn for overnight guests. If you don't quit eating meat after visiting CAS, you weren't paying attention.
Since 1986, this activist organization has been encouraging public awareness about the abuses of factory farming. Providing both animal rescue and protection, Farm Sanctuary saves farm animals and cares for them on three different sanctuaries located in upstate New York, northern California, and the Los Angeles area. These tireless advocates advocate for animal welfare and educate on the health and environmental damage caused by factory farms.
Humane Society of the United States
HSUS rescues and cares for abused pets and farm animals, laboratory animals and wildlife. They remove dogs from meat farms, and are working to guarantee chickens a cage-free future. HSUS is committed to changing a world economy built on the philosophy that cruelty to animals is acceptable. A recent project is the funding of an American scholar studying the use of pet shelters in North Carolina and Costa Rica; a book is in pre-publication.
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
MSPCA was founded in 1868 and is a national leader in animal protection, saving animals from cruelty, relieving their suffering, and advancing their health and welfare. FNR is supporting the Pet Food Insecurity Project, a year-long study on the ways food insecurity impacts pets and their humans.
Volunteers meet in private yards, public areas, and farmers markets to gather excess fruits and vegetables for donation to area food banks. This program feeds more than 100,000 people a month with rescued produce that would otherwise go to waste.
Seed Savers Exchange
This nonprofit collects and shares heirloom seeds and plants, allowing gardeners and seed stewards to trade rare seeds in an effort to maintain biodiversity. Seed banks like this one help us conserve garden and food crop heritage for future generations.
Project Bread raises money and invests in programs that help to provide access to healthy, sustainable food for Massachusetts residents. They are involved in various food initiatives, regional food system development, CSAs, urban agriculture, subsidized markets in at-risk neighborhoods, and childhood nutrition programs. Each spring, Project Bread sponsors Walk for Hunger, a popular fund-raising event attended by tens of thousands of participants.
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